Book of Saints – Canicus


CANICUS (CANICE, CAINNECH, KENNETH, KENNY) (Saint) Abbot (October 11) (6th century) The Patron Saint of the city of Kilkenny, which is named after him. He was born in the North of Ireland, and with many other holy men was trained to the monastic life by Saint Finnian of Cluain or Clonard, passing afterwards under the discipline of Saint Cadoc of Wales. He preached throughout Ireland, and also in Scotland, where he was the first to build a church in the place now known as Saint Andrews. In Ireland he founded several monasteries, among them that of Aghadoe, where he passed away towards the end of the sixth century at the age of eighty-four.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “Canicus”. Book of Saints, 1921. CatholicSaints.Info. 26 September 2012. Web. 13 May 2021. <>